by Dana Angelo White in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, July 16, 2016
by Allison Milam in Healthy Recipes, November 17, 2015
Do you love a pie bursting with fresh berries, but wish you could cut back on all the fat and calories? Here’s how to create a homemade blueberry pie that doesn’t come with a side of diner’s remorse.
Tips for a Skinnier Pie
You can’t deny the healthy qualities of antioxidant-filled blueberries. They are low in calories and contain plenty of fiber. But once these low-cal berries are mixed up with sugar and sandwiched between two layers of flaky crust, the resulting pie can tip the scales at more than 450 calories and 20-plus grams of fat per slice. Add a few hundred more calories with dollops of whipped cream, or serve the pie a la mode, and it’s a real diet-buster.
You also want to consider the quality of the ingredients. Store-bought crusts are convenient, but the ingredients reveal trans fat galore and a list of preservatives. Homemade crusts call for a hefty amount of butter and shortening, often more than two sticks for one pie.
What’s a pie lover to do? Less fat, less sugar and more fruit are the keys to a skinnier pie. You certainly don’t need to skip the butter and sugar altogether (but forget the artificial sweeteners, please). Downsize the crust and make the fruit the star, such as in this recipe for a flavor-erupting Blueberry Crostata. Read more
by Michelle Dudash in Healthy Recipes, November 10, 2015
When it comes to Thanksgiving, there’s one kind of dessert that’s bound to star in your spread: pie. And we mean lots of it. Even if you’re committed to staying on track on the biggest food holiday of the year, you can still savor all the goodness of this American favorite thanks to these healthy pie recipes.
It simply wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a slice of pumpkin pie. This Slimmed Pumpkin Pie recipe ensures that you’ll never have to go without. With a few smart substitutes, this healthy riff on the seasonal favorite retains what we love most about pumpkin pie: the buttery crust and creamy, spiced pumpkin filling.
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Recipes, November 27, 2011
Butternut squash and oranges breathe new life into a classic holiday pie. The natural sweetness of fresh orange juice replaces up to one-third of the added sugar found in traditional pie recipes. The orange’s flavor and acidity also allow for a 50 percent reduction in added salt. While regular navel oranges are a fine and dandy choice for this recipe, there are other options to consider, like extra-sweet Cara Caras and dark red-pigmented Moro oranges (aka blood oranges), which offer a change of pace in flavor and hue. Whichever you choose, read the product sticker. For optimal flavor and freshness, select oranges from within the United States.
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Tips, July 28, 2011
- It's not just for pie.
Did you buy too many cans of pumpkin this year? Don’t let them sit in the pantry and collect dust! Whip up any of these mouthwatering recipes.
This spin on traditional rice is both eye and belly pleasing for both kids and adults!
RECIPE: Pumpkin Rice Pudding
by Toby Amidor in Grocery Shopping, July 31, 2009
- Pie versus cobbler: who wins this food fight?
Summer is all about fruit-filled desserts. When faced with the choice of cobbler or pie, which would you choose? Read the pros and cons of each and YOU vote for the healthier winner.
Cobblers are a combo of fruit filling topped with a crust made of biscuit dough, traditional pie crust or a pour-on batter. Typically, the topping is made from milk, sugar, and flour. It’s easier to control the ingredients in the crust-topping of a cobbler than it is with pie; if you don’t want your cobbler too sweet, you can choose to cut down on the sugar. You can also use less of the topping, since it doesn’t have to cover the entire top of the cobbler.
My top shopping tip: Go to the market on a full stomach. This helps keep your brain and belly focused on the shopping list and makes it less likely to snatch up too many unnecessary goodies, especially in the snack aisle or bakery. Choosing cookies, cakes, pies or fresh breads can be tricky — here are a few tips to make the best choices.
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